Seed funding success for University of Auckland researchers

27 July 2017

A total of seven University of Auckland projects have been awarded with the National Science Challenges: Science for Technological Innovation Seed funding. The awards were distributed across the Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Science, and Auckland Bioengineering Institute for projects that range from studying the effects on smoking on unborn children, to the development of nanosatellites.

Four of the grant recipients are led by researchers from the Faculty of Engineering, including:

  • Dr Avinash Malik from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, aiming to develop tech-driven pacemaker certification to accommodate drug-induced effects.
  • Dr Kevin Wang from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, focusing on ensuring long-term, reliable, wireless data acquisition via underground agriculture sensing.
  • Dr John Cater from the Department of Engineering Science, who will develop the necessary science and technology to provide New Zealand with an overhead monitoring capability using space-based assets.
  • Dr Andrea Raith from the Department of Engineering Science, for looking into improving emissions and energy efficiency in New Zealand by using strategic transport modelling tools.

The National Science Challenges is a MBIE initiative that provides funding to New Zealand researchers to tackle our country’s science-driven issues and opportunities. Science for Technological Innovation is one of its ten Challenges, and focuses on our economic growth through science and engineering.

18 high-risk, high-reward projects were provided with Seed funding this year, an increase from ten in 2016.